Today is National Cancer Survivors Day®.
“National Cancer Survivors Day® is a CELEBRATION for those who have survived, an INSPIRATION for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of SUPPORT for families, and an OUTREACH to the community.” – NCSD.org
The other day, I came across a rather bitter, anger-filled blog post criticizing the movement for excluding those whose disease has metastasized.
I, too, have struggled with the term “cancer survivor.” Like the author, I am living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC).
For the most part, I am not inclined to be angry about cancer.
Don’t get me wrong. It’s not all roses and sunshine, and I have had my share of melt-downs. If I listed some of the crazy things I’ve said or done in the past 26 months, those who know me might be surprised. Living with MBC is not easy, and every once in a while it is okay to not be strong, show vulnerability, and ask for help.
MBC is considered a terminal illness and treated by the medical community as a chronic disease. It is a life-long journey for which the cure has yet to be found.
So, back to the term “cancer survivor.” Can it include those with metastatic disease?
Here is what surviving cancer means to me:
Celebrating each and every day.
Acting upon opportunities.
Embracing love and compassion.
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P.S. – I’d love to read your thoughts on surviving cancer. Please do share in the comments.